Bodyguard named best new drama at National Television awards

BBC One drama’s star Richard Madden and EastEnders’ Danny Dyer also among the prize winners in London

The BBC thriller Bodyguard has been named best new drama at the National Television awards, and its male lead, Richard Madden, won in the best drama performance category.

The awards were presented at a ceremony at the O2 in London on Tuesday evening. Also among those honoured were This Morning, Strictly Come Dancing and Peter Kay’s Car Share.

Accepting his award, Madden credited his Bodyguard co-star, Keeley Hawes, who had been nominated in the same category, adding: “You couldn’t ask for a better, more talented actress.”

The award was the second this month for Madden after he won the Golden Globe for best actor in a TV drama for the BBC One series.

“It’s been a hell of a year. It feels kind of surreal for me. It was a year ago, and now I’m here with this award. It feels very strange to me. I’m very lucky and thankful for that,” he said. “It’s insane that so many people watched [Bodyguard], then the amount of people who voted and went to the effort of doing that. It’s overwhelming. It’s appreciated, so thank you to everyone who did that.”

Ant and Dec won their 18th consecutive award in the TV entertainment presenter category after a difficult year for Anthony McPartlin, in which he was fined for drink-driving and chose to take time off to deal with personal problems.

“This is a genuine shock, especially this year,” McPartlin said. “We want to say thank you to everybody. I really don’t think that I can accept this award this year.” He said his partner, Declan Donnelly, was the “one reason we won”, complimenting his “hard work, his wit, his dedication”.

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